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Abunance vs. scarcity thinking AND the power of connecting through social networks

By Michelle May, M.D.

I want to share this wonderful aha! one of my new facebook friends sent me after reading the following tweet I sent two days ago. (It is SO nice to know these things really do help people–and I hope her aha helps you too!)

#mindfulmoment Use abundance thinking instead of scarcity thinking – food, money, time, energy, joy & love. There is PLENTY.

Her journal entry that she sent me through Facebook (this social networking thing is pretty cool!):

There was a revelation I had about my eating behaviour yesterday that I wanted to share. Recently, Dr. Michelle May (that Am I Hungry? lady) tweeted something about “abundance behaviour” and to act like there’s plenty instead of not enough.

My response: “Yeah, whatever.”

Track to yesterday and my newfound financial problems. Since I can’t use my credit cards for any cushion at all, I had to be super-careful at the grocery store and get only the cheapest things (good thing I like beans.) I couldn’t pay for my prescriptions, either. That has to wait till I get paid the 31st.

Anyhow, I found myself in the grocery store, feeling slightly panicked, and wanting to load up my cart and eat and eat and eat and eat, and I realized that this wasn’t simple stress eating. I’ve done way better with that. This was…


Scarcity Behaviour. Just like the good Dr. May talked about. I wanted to eat in reaction to a perceived scarcity of resources. Must hoard because there’s NOT ENOUGH.

Anyway, I plan to thank her for that, because I think it helped me realize a trigger I hadn’t known about. I haven’t had money problems like this in a very, very long time, so I’d never explored this in myself before.

Back to me: Wow – love this social networking thing! I would LOVE to hear from you too! Please connect with me by commenting on this blog and through:

Twitter – http://twitter.com/eatwhatyoulove
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/AmIHungry
Linked In – http://www.linkedin.com/in/amihungry

I wish you all great abundance in all things and look forward to connecting with you on this blog and other sites!


About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

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  1. Really interesting blog, keep up the good work!

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